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A new article on Richard for his film BASTILLE DAY also starring Idris Elba. Richard also talks about putting Robb Stark to rest and about the secret his former GAME OF THRONES brother Kit Harington (Jon Snow) had to keep from the end of season five to the beginning of season six. I think it’s safe to say now it has to do with a certain resurrection. I know for me it’s nice to know the Starks aren’t being wiped out. Though if R+L=J is true, then that “J” isn’t a true Stark. I’m truly hoping that GAME OF THRONES incorporates Robb’s will into the story thereby legitimizing Jon as a Stark and allowing him to take back Winterfell. Anyway that’s the hope. Speaking of Kit, please check out our affiliate in Kit Harington France under the Affiliates title in the sidebar.

Richard Madden comes to terms with his Game of Thrones death and moves on to Bastille Day

RICHARD Madden’s time on Game of Thrones may be over, but the way his character went out will live on in infamy.

Madden was Robb Stark, born leader and eldest son of Ned Stark who became King in the North after his father’s beheading … only to suffer a similar fate when he was betrayed and stabbed in the heart at the notorious Red Wedding.

Though Madden still can’t help but mutter “terrible” at the memory of enacting Robb’s demise, the actor by no means wishes he’d survived.

“I don’t miss him. I took him to the end of where his story was going to go. That was the right point for him to die,” says the young Scotsman.

“And the good thing is he’s properly dead. There’s no question of whether he’ll come back or not. I mean, I’m really, really, really dead.”

Madden’s definitive on-screen death stands in contrast to that of Robb’s half-brother Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. Before season six premiered last month, Harington had to endure months of speculation: He’s still got Jon Snow hair! He’s been spotted in Dublin!

“Oh god, no,” moans Madden. “I mean … poor Kit.”

Madden gave a good five years of his life to Game Of Thrones. He entered Westeros aged 22 and “came out the other end as an adult”. He saw many reflections between himself, “having to take a lot of this responsibility in different things as they were thrown at me,” and Robb, “a young man who had to grow up quite quickly”.

While Game Of Thrones got him in the room with the likes of Kenneth Branagh (who cast Madden as the charming Prince in last year’s Cinderella), his biggest challenge since leaving the series has been knowing how to make the most of those opportunities: “It’s trying to work out what’s going to be the most interesting path and what I’m most excited by.”

The one thing he knows for sure is that he always wants the next thing to be “completely different” from the last. Which is how he went from Cinderella to Bastille Day, a Taken-style action film with a youthful edge set in Paris and co-starring Idris Elba and Charlotte Le Bon.

Quips Madden: “It was just nice to be in jeans and not white skin-tight leggings for a change.”

Madden plays Michael, a young American pickpocket in Paris who one day picks the wrong pocket: upon discarding a stolen bag, it explodes, killing four people and painting Michael a terrorist suspect.

Captured by Elba’s CIA Agent Briar, the pair unite to figure out the real terrorists and their intended target, stumbling into a conspiracy with roots far beyond Le Bon’s ragtag activist group.

“Michael’s lack of morals appealed to me, which is a funny thing to say,” Madden laughs. “He doesn’t care about anyone or anything, apart from himself. And that puts him in a place of being able to do what he likes. And he does. I found that combination of not having any direction but still having a drive really interesting.”

When Michael finds himself way out of his depth, it’s the gruff ’n’ tumble Agent Briar who keeps him afloat.

Madden laughs that he and Elba are “chalk and cheese as actors … I don’t think we’d be cast in the same roles”. But the duo quickly built a great rapport based on “taking the piss out of each other”.

Madden is absolutely certain that Elba — star of Prometheus, Pacific Rim and TV series Luther — could foil a terrorist plot or stop a bank heist single-handedly in real life, too.

“His action stuff is brilliant in the film. I trained with him and watched him rehearse these things and he did them all and did them really, really well. I wouldn’t want to fight Idris.”

The odd couple’s training included an ever-changing “assault course” the stunt team would have them run through.

“That’s where I got my worst injury,” says Madden. “I jumped off a platform, was supposed to land on a roof and slide down it, but I cleared the roof and landed on my ankle — snapped that to one side. So that was a little trip to A&E which panicked everyone. But I was all right.”

Less hazardous but more illegal was Madden’s training in pickpocketing and sleight of hand with a guy called Keith the Thief.

“He does it professionally — as in, you know, a show. Though I think he did it maybe not-so-legally before,” Madden chuckles. “It gets quite addictive. I got quite good at stealing things from people’s pockets in the studio.”

Madden, who turns 30 next month, grew up in a small village west of Glasgow. He was barely a teenager when he made his screen debut in the BBC kids’ comedy series Barmy Aunt Boomerang, playing a kid with a kooky Australian aunt, who just so happens to be a ghost.

If Australia wants to take credit for that, Madden’s more than happy to give it to us.

“I can’t believe you’re mentioning that one. End of days!” he groans. “Yes, yes you can take all the credit for that — or the blame, as some people might say. Not my finest moment, but definitely my first moment.”

It’s not how a career begins, of course, it’s just that it does. And Madden — currently starring in Branagh’s West End stage production of Romeo and Juliet — is learning how to make the most of it.

BASTILLE DAY OPENS TODAY

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I have some images of Richard on set from his current television production MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE for you. In some of them he’s with Dustin Hoffman, in others he’s sporting a Jon Snow (Kit Harington) style doo and some badly split trousers. Perfect.

  • [022] ON SET IMAGES: MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE



I’ve added some photos to the gallery from Richard’s film CINDERELLA where he played ironically, Prince Kit. What’s so ironic? When Richard played Robb Stark on GAME OF THRONES, his on-screen brother was played by actor Kit Harington (Jon Snow) ….You know no…. Forget it. I hated Ygritte. Ah well. As is noted in the sidebar the BluRay/DVD/Digital of CINDERELLA will be out September 15. Another bit of irony here is that I run another site dedicated to the first actor to play Prince Charming on screen. Jon Cypher played the part of Prince Christopher in the Rogers & Hammerstein musical that aired on CBS in 1957 and starred Julie Andrews as the titular character. Richard’s character is very reminiscent of Jon’s in that both had similar costumes. You can find the link to my Jon Cypher site in the sidebar, but to compare Richard’s and Jon’s version, here is the gallery at my Jon site for your consideration.

  • [001] PRODUCTION PHOTOS: CINDERELLA
  • [019] PRODUCTION STILLS: CINDERELLA
  • [006] PROMOTIONAL STILLS: CINDERELLA



No they haven’t taken Comic Con to Walmart. But I really did see Richard at Walmart…or I should have said Robb. It was a display in the DVD/BluRay section where they had a card with Richard as Robb, Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Danaerys Targaryen. I thought it was really cool seeing it. At least it reminds us our King of the North is still alive and well. Yeah I know. I don’t get out much.